UK’s Autocar magazine posted photos of a prototype C350 late last week, showing development of the German company’s efficient C-Class model is well under way.
Although full technical details are not yet available, the C350 plug-in hybrid will use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque, matched to an electric motor that is mounted inside the seven-speed automatic transmission.
With another 50kW of power from its electric heart, the C350 plug-in hybrid will be no slouch, yet it will be capable of around 32km in pure electric mode before having to resort to its internal combustion engine.
Mercedes-Benz claims the C350 plug-in hybrid will use just three litres of fuel per 100km of travel.
Speaking to CarAdvice today, Mercedes-Benz Australia’s manager of public relations and product communications, Jerry Stamoulis, said the C350 plugin hybrid will be looked at for our market.
“It’s something we are considering for our market and once more information comes to hand, we can make a decision.” Stamoulis told CarAdvice.
It’s likely Mercedes-Benz Australia will bring the vehicle here, following on the foot steps of the Mercedes-Benz S350 and E300 hybrid which are meant to highlight the brand’s environmental credentials.
The C350 plug-in hybrid is part of broader Benz plan to roll out an impressive 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017.
Part of the roll-out process will see the models share the power electronics and battery design, helping create scale in the electrification process. The German brand is also focusing on expanding its range by adding diesel plug-in hybrids with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The C300 hybrid will use a 150kW/500Nm 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel coupled to a 20kW electric motor. It will use 3.8L/100km.